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Honda motors Japan past Cameroon

| June 15, 2010 9:00 PM

Japan earned its first World Cup victory on foreign soil Monday when Keisuke Honda scored in the first half for a 1-0 victory over uninspired Cameroon in Group E of the World Cup in Bloemfontein, South Africa.

After a sloppy first 30 minutes, Japan broke the tie in the 39th minute when Daisuke Matsui's curling cross from the right drifted over the heads of Cameroon defenders Nicolas Nkoulou and Stephane Mbia.

Netherlands 2, Denmark 0: At Johannesburg, The Netherlands scored on an own goal and beat Denmark even though its dangerous attack was stymied for much of the game.

Italy 1, Paraguay 1: At Cape Town, Italy opened defense of its World Cup title with a underwhelming, rain-soaked draw with Paraguay.

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